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PLS 201: Research Methods. Dr. Jungkun Seo Ms. Beth Kaylor Day 1. Library Stats. 1.5 million items Over 20,000 videos PBS Videos on NCLIVE Over 10,000 CDs Over 500,000 books Over 25,000 periodicals 1,600 physical/the rest online Books with JK or JX call number=4,000. . Getting Help.

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PLS 201: Research Methods

Dr. Jungkun Seo

Ms. Beth Kaylor

Day 1


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Library Stats

  • 1.5 million items

  • Over 20,000 videos

    • PBS Videos on NCLIVE

  • Over 10,000 CDs

  • Over 500,000 books

  • Over 25,000 periodicals

    • 1,600 physical/the rest online

  • Books with JK or JX call number=4,000.


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Getting Help

  • We’ll teach you how to find and evaluate sources.

  • We never know what you’ll ask!

    • 21,000 questions last year

  • Reference Desk

    • 9am-9pm

    • In person, phone, email, chat

    • RAP

    • NCKnows – 24/7

    • Ask a Librarian


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Technology

  • My Library Record/PIN

    • Database access

    • EReserve

    • Due dates, renewal

    • Place holds

  • Other Registrations

    • ILLiad

    • netLibrary

  • Toolbar

    • Ready access to library and UNCW web pages.

    • Download to your PC/laptop


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Lit Review: Choosing a Database

  • Likely publication types?

    • Book-length analysis

    • Scholarly studies

    • Current/contemporary reports

      • How an event unfolded

      • Partisan viewpoints

      • News/opinion magazines, newspapers

    • Government documents

    • Polling data

    • Statistics


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Books – Where do you look?

  • Randall Library Catalog

    • Local and Consortium

    • Place holds for UNCP & FSU

  • WorldCat

    • 9,000 libraries

    • Which libraries own

    • ILLiad

  • Internet sites

    • Google Books

    • Amazon/BN/Bookfinder/ABEBooks

  • Book Reviews in periodicals


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Databases - Starting Places

  • CQ Electronic Library

    • The definitive reference resource for research in American government, politics, history, public policy, and current affairs

  • CQ Researcher

    • explores a single "hot" issue in the news in depth each week

  • Subject pages

    • Quick article searches?

    • What do they do?


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Scholarly Studies

  • Databases

    • A-Z

    • Subject

    • Full-text or Index-Abstract?

  • JStor, Project Muse, Wiley InterScience

  • Public Affairs Information Service (Current & Archive)

  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts

  • CIAO: Columbia International Affairs Online

  • Academic Search Premier (Ebsco)

    • Limit to peer reviewed/Academic journals

  • Google Scholar


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News & Opinion Magazine Articles

  • Academic Search Premier,

    • What document type gets opinion?

  • Opposing Viewpoints

  • Alternative Press Index (Current & Archive)

  • Indexes nearly 300 alternative, radical right and left periodicals, newspapers and magazines

  • Lexis-Nexis Academic


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Newspaper Articles

  • Lexis-Nexis Academic

  • Newspaper Source (Ebsco)

  • New York Times (current & archive)

  • Wall Street Journal


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Finding articles: Does the library have?

  • Heaney, Michael T. and Fabio Rojas., “Partisans, Nonpartisans, and the Antiwar Movement in the United States.” American Politics Research 35 (2007): 431-464.


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Finding articles: Does the library have?

  • Xenos, Michael and Amy Becker, “Moments of Zen: Effects of The Daily Show on Information Seeking and Political Learning.” Political Communication 26 (2009): 317-332.


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Database Exploration

  • Answer 5 basic questions

  • Pick a database

  • Explore the scope

    • Full-text or index/abstract?

    • Document types?

      • Articles, books, chapters, documents, dissertations?

    • Subjects?

    • Time period?

    • Geography?

  • Due Wednesday


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Questions?

  • Contact me:

  • Or go to the Reference Desk!


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